Meet The Team • St Marks

Meet The Team

All Orthodontists at St Marks are registered Specialists Orthodontics with the General Dental Council. We are all members of the Consultant Orthodontic Group and the Orthodontic Specialist Group of the British Orthodontic Society.

Karen Clarke

Karen Clarke

BDS MSc FDS MOrth FDS (Orth) RCS
GDC 64973

Karen graduated in dentistry from Guys Hospital in 1989 and was appointed Consultant Orthodontist at Ashford & St Peters NHS Trust in 2001. She is actively involved in the training and lecturing of Specialist Registrars and senior trainees up to Consultant level. She has lectured to national orthodontic groups and dental societies and is a past chairman of the trainees group of the British Orthodontic Society. In her spare time she enjoys yoga and is a taxi driver for her two teenage daughters.

Claire Hepworth

Claire Hepworth

BDS MSc FDS MOrth FDS (Orth) RCS
GDC 62006

Claire graduated in Dentistry from University College Hospital in 1986 and was appointed Consultant Orthodontist at Ashford & St Peters NHS Trust in 1997. She trains Specialist Registrars and senior trainees up to Consultant level. She lectures widely on Orthodontic subjects to GDP’s, Postgraduates and Orthodontists. She is currently interim training programme director at Barts and The Royal London Hospital and is an examiner for the University of London. She has three older children, so has a little more time now for her hobbies of playing tennis, yoga, singing and reading.

Liz

Liz O’Higgins

BDS MSc FDS MOrth FDS (Orth) RCS
GDC 62960

Liz graduated in Dentistry from The Royal London Hospital in 1987 and was awarded the MOrth Gold medal in 1994. She was appointed Consultant in Orthodontics to the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and King’s College Hospital in 1999. In 2002 she moved to Kings College Hospital Dental Institute to concentrate on postgraduate teaching and the provision of multidisciplinary treatment. Liz has been an examiner for the University of London and lectures on a regular basis. She now devotes more time to working at St Mark’s, looking after her two boys and trying to master the game of golf.

Nick Hemmings

Nick Hemmings

BDS MSc MGDS MOrth FDS (Orth) RCS
GDC 177060

Nick graduated in Dentistry from Bristol University in 2009. He undertook Orthodontic specialty training at Kings College London and the Royal Surrey County Hospital and was appointed Consultant Orthodontist at Ashford & St Peter’s NHS Trust in 2018. He is involved in the training of Orthodontic Specialty Trainees up to Consultant level. Nick is very much a family man and his free time is now spent making the most of the joys of being a father to his young children.

Sue Diamond

Sue Diamond

Practice Manager
GDC 174990

I qualified as a dental nurse in 1994 and I have been working at St Mark’s since 2008 as practice manager and receptionist. I enjoy reading, cooking, walking my dog and spending time with my family.

Nesta Armstrong

Nesta Armstrong

Practice Nurse
GDC 207488

I qualified as a dental nurse in the UK in 2006 but have been dental nursing for over 15 years. I joined St Marks in 2012 and also gained my dental radiography qualification in the same year. I love helping children with oral hygiene and nutritional advice at the practice and in my spare time, I enjoy reading, singing and socialising with friends and family.

Jannika Barker

Jannika Barker

Practice Nurse
GDC 142638

I qualified as a dental nurse in Sweden in 1991 but I have worked in the UK since. I joined the team at St Mark’s in 2014. I enjoy going to the gym and spending time with my friends and family.

Andreea Graur

Andreea Graur

Practice Nurse
GDC 259400

I qualified as a registered dental nurse in the UK in 2015 and have been working as a dental nurse for 6 years. I joined the team at St Marks in 2016 and gained my dental radiography qualification in 2017. I enjoy travelling and keeping fit in my spare time.

Val Taylor

Val Taylor

Receptionist and Administration

I have been with St Mark’s Orthodontics since May 2004 when it first opened. I started as the receptionist and now work solely in the office. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here and I enjoy gardening, swimming and socialising with friends and family.

Claire Windsor

Claire Windsor

Receptionist and Administration

I joined St Marks in 2012 as part time receptionist. Prior to my time at St Marks, I worked in Public Relations and Marketing. I have many interests outside of the practice, including theatre, dining out and spending time with my friends and family.

Pam Carley

Pam Carley

Receptionist and Administration

I started working at St Marks in January 2017 as part of the reception team. I love being part of the St Marks family and am always happy to help our patients with all their needs. In my spare time I enjoy nights out with friends, going to the cinema, days out with my family on our little boat and long walks with our new dog, Stanley.